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Open letters to schools, further education, teachers and parents on the SEND reforms

Children’s minister Edward Timpson has written to teachers, colleges, local authorities and parents about the SEND reforms.

These letters describe the changes the Department for Education is introducing in September 2014 to improve support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The first 3 letters ask local authorities, colleges and teachers working with children with SEND to implement the reforms correctly.

The fourth letter is for parents of children with SEND and explains what the move to the new system will mean for them and their family.

SEND Reform Event 20th March 2014 – Programme, Presentations, Photos and Questions and Answers

On behalf of the One Voice Parents Group I would like to thank all the parents, carers, professionals and information stand representatives that attended the SEND Reform event at the Welcome Centre on Thursday 20th March 2014.

The event was very well attended and the feedback from the event has been excellent.

Following on from the event, I would like to provide links to the presentations from the day, just click on the presentation title to download it:

SEND Reform Event Programme

Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms 2014 – Philippa Stobbs

Parent Carer Forums and the SEND Reform – Sarah Thomas

Coventry’s Progress towards the Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms – Marian Simpson

The Art of Being Brilliant – Darrell Woodman

Questions and Answers from the day

During the day, attendees were invited to ask questions by writing them on post-it notes and putting them on the wall.  Those questions have now been answered and the responses can be found by clicking here.

 

Once again, I thank you for being part of the day.

Photos from the day:

 

Lorraine Tolley

Supporting the One Voice Parents Group

NNPCF & Contact a Family – Bulletin Number 12

You can access the latest edition of the NNPCF & Contact A Family Parent Carer Participation Bulletin Number 12 (4th February 2014) by clicking here. This bulletin includes:

  • Independant Supporters
  • Funding for Local Authorities
  • Surveys
  • Useful Reports
  • Grant Information
  • Learning and Developments
  • NNPCF Updates

The world is changing significantly for families of disabled children and children with Special Educational Needs.  Information about the changes that are happening and those due to take place in September 2014, can be found on the latest edition of the quarterly e-bulletin by the Council for Disabled Children digest. This is available at: ww.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/media/509344/digest_autumn_2013.pdf.

 

The bumper issue includes:

  • A set of FAQs and free resources on the Children and Families Bill
  • Information on how to be involved in our new NHS Constitution project
  • Five tips for supporting disabled young people into adulthood via the Preparing for Adulthood programme

Download your copy at www.councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/media/509344/digest_autumn_2013.pdf.

 

Bulletin No 10

Click here to view the latest Contact a Family Bulletin Number 10.

This new bulletin includes:

  • Pathfinder and delivery partner evaluation
  • Pathfinder champion events
  • Pathfinder information packs
  • Updates from the NNPCF
  • National parent carer participation event
  • Parent carer rights and the care bill
  • Consultation launched for the Code of Practice
  • Grant information
  • Learning and development support for forums
  • Latest opportunity to participate.

 

Come along to the One Voice Meeting, 5th December, 10.00-12.00   (9.30 for tea/coffee) at the Limbrick Wood Centre, Thomas Naul Croft, Tile HIll, Coventry, CV4 9QX. 

Help shape the future, discuss activities for the group. 

Tea and coffee available.

Everyone Welcome!

One Voice Meeting

Come along to the One Voice Meeting, 7th November, 10.00-12.00   (9.30 for tea/coffee) at the Limbrick Wood Centre, Thomas Naul Croft, Tile HIll, Coventry, CV4 9QX. 

Help shape the future, discuss activities for the group. 

Tea and coffee available.

Everyone Welcome!

One Voice Parent Group Meeting

Come and join us 10.00-12.00 (9.30 for coffee) at the Limbrick Wood Centre, Thomas Naul Croft, Tile HIll, Coventry, CV4 9QX.

 

Everyone welcome!

Joint bulletin number 8 from the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and Contact a Family

Please see the following link to joint bulletin number 8 from the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and Contact a Family.

This bulletin includes;

  • Information on the opportunity to influence the Code of Practice Children and Families Bill 2013
  • Follow up information from the England Parent Carer Participation Event held in March 2013, including a range of questions left by participants answered by the Department for Education and Department of Health representatives
  • Parent Carer Participation Grants Monitoring 2012/13 and Applications 2013/14
  • On line learning available on the Contact a Family website
    Opportunities to participate

To view this bulletin click here.